Questions about GMAT

Can the GMAT requirement be waived?

The GMAT is not waived regardless of cumulative grade point average, years of professional experience or number of degrees as it is a mandatory admission requirement.

I already have a master’s degree/PhD, is the GMAT mandatory?

While we appreciate your background, the GMAT is a mandatory admission criteria that must be fulfilled in order to be considered for the Sprott MBA program.

Is it acceptable to take the GRE exam in the place of the GMAT exam?

Yes, we will accept the GRE in the place of the GMAT criteria so long as the GRE score is equivalent to the minimum requirement of 550 on the GMAT. Please refer to the following link to assist you in the conversion of GRE test scores. http://www.ets.org/gre/institutions/about/mba/comparison_tool/ .

What is the institution code for sending the GMAT score report to the university?

  • Code for full-time study is 36KNQ57

What is the institution code for sending the GRE score report to the university?

Code for full-time is 0854 with Program Code Business – other (4399)

Is there any advice on how to prepare for the GMAT?

There are private companies that assist students with preparing for the GMAT. A good starting point is to refer to www.mba.com for further information.

Questions about International Student Applications and English Proficiency

I am a student from India and I have a 3-year undergraduate degree, can I still apply?

We will only consider a student from India with a 3-year undergraduate degree if the degree is from an institution accredited by either AACSB, EQUIS or AMBA.  There are no exceptions to the criteria.

Determine if your institution is accredited by AACSB, EQUUS or AMBA.

I am an international student and my country of origin is an English speaking country. Why do I still have to provide proof of English Proficiency?

This is a policy set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies that we have to abide by.

If your first language is not English, you must prove your language proficiency by:

  • presenting one of the official Language Proficiency (ESL) test scores;
  • showing that you have completed ESLA 1900 or ESLA 1905 at Carleton University with a final grade of B- or higher; or
  • presenting official certification (transcripts) that you have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree within the past three years in a university in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom or any country in which the primary language is English, where the language of instruction in the relevant educational institution was English, and the language of instruction in your most recently completed undergraduate or graduate degree was English.

Please contact The Faculty of Graduate Studies at graduate.studies@carleton.ca with any further inquiries.

I am an international student who completed my degree in the UK/USA, do I still need to provide English proficiency scores?

If your first language is not English, you must prove your language proficiency by:

  • presenting one of the official Language Proficiency (ESL) test scores;
  • showing that you have completed ESLA 1900 or ESLA 1905 at Carleton University with a final grade of B- or higher; or
  • presenting official certification (transcripts) that you have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree within the past three years in a university in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom or any country in which the primary language is English, where the language of instruction in the relevant educational institution was English, and the language of instruction in your most recently completed undergraduate or graduate degree was English.

My English test scores do not meet the minimum criteria, am I eligible for a conditional offer?

We are very strict in ensuring the English proficiency requirement is met and therefore, we do not offer conditional admission for those who do not meet the English proficiency requirement.

English as a Second Language Requirements

What are the institution and department codes for sending the TOEFL scores to the university?

The Institution Code is 0854.
The Department Code is 02.

As an international student, am I eligible for admission in the Winter (January) term?

We do not offer Winter admission. There is one entry point for the program – September of each year.

I am an International candidate can I be considered for the Sprott MBA as a part-time student?

Unfortunately, no. International candidates are only considered for full-time studies and we no longer offer part-time studies.

What are the World Education Services (WES) Requirements for International Applicants and Applicants whose degree is from outside of Canada?

Please see the WES requirements on our Application Process page.

Questions about Admissions Requirements or Application

What are the minimum requirements needed for admission?

A minimum GMAT score of 550 overall or equivalent GRE score, a 4-year undergraduate degree in any discipline with a cumulative average over all four years of a “B”. Two recommendations are also required.  If you have been out of academia for at least four years or more, professional recommendations may be used, otherwise academic recommendations are required. You may also be required to meet the minimum Language Proficiency criteria.  Please review the comprehensive list of admission criteria.

If you are shortlisted, you may be invited to participate in a video interview.

When calculating the grade point average, are only the last two years of coursework taken into consideration or are all courses over the four years used in the calculation?

To determine if a candidate meets the CGPA requirement, all four years of study and all courses are taken into account when calculating the cumulative grade point average.

 If I send my documents by email, can you assess if I am eligible to apply for the program?

Unfortunately, due to the volume of applicants, we do not provide a pre-assessment of documents until we receive a formal application. Please refer to the website for information on admission criteria.

Do I require work experience for this program?

Although we prefer candidates possess a minimum of two years of professional work experience after having completed their undergraduate degree, we will consider a small number of applicants who do not meet this requirement but who are strong candidates.  Candidates who do not meet the minimum work experience criteria, will be required to complete an internship as a requirement to graduate.

Is a thesis or a supervisor required for the Sprott MBA?

No, the Sprott MBA does not include a thesis. As the program is strictly course based, a supervisor is not required.

I do not have an undergraduate degree in the area of Business, can I still be considered for the Sprott MBA?

A degree in almost any discipline can be considered provided all other admission requirements are met.

I have a 3-year degree. Can I still be considered for the Sprott MBA program?

The degree can be either in the form of a four-year honors program or a three-year program plus one additional year of study in any discipline at the university-level.

On a case by case basis, we may consider those Domestic applicants who possess a 3-year degree as long as they possess at least ten years of progressive, professional experience.

What are the application deadline dates?

For a current list of deadline dates, please refer to sprott.carleton.ca/mba

How and when am I notified of the status of my application?

Complete applications for both domestic and international students are processed on a rolling basis. You will be notified by email once a decision is made.

Questions about Tuition, Fees and Scholarships

What is the total tuition cost for the program?

Please review the following for tuition costs. For additional information, please email student_accounts@carleton.ca as the staff in the University’s Student Accounts office will be able to assist you.

Are there any scholarships available for students?

For information, please refer to Awards and Funding information

Other Common Questions about Sprott MBA

What is the duration of the program?

The full-time program is designed to be completed in 16 months over four consecutive semesters, beginning each September and finishing in December of the year following.

Is it possible to complete the Sprott MBA program online?

No, not at this time. All courses are offered on Carleton University’s campus in Ottawa, Canada.

If I am required to complete the internship, when does it take place?  

The internship takes place in the third semester, Spring/Summer semester, which is from May – August of the year following the start of your program.

Can I speak with someone regarding the Sprott MBA program?

Yes, of course! Please send an email to MBA-Admissions@cunet.carleton.ca and someone will be happy to set an in-office appointment or schedule a phone call with you.

Still have questions?

Please don’t hesitate to contact us and we would be happy to answer your questions.

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